In preparation for the highly-anticipated World Cup 2022, Qatar has announced that the country is opening thousands of jobs specifically for Filipino workers.
In fact, the country has confirmed that they are reserving 94,289 job visas for Filipinos, particularly for those who will be employed in the health sector and the currently-ongoing rail project. This was declared by Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs Hussein bin Youssef Al Mulla during the recent second Philippines-Qatar Joint Committee Meeting on Labour Matters.
The meeting was held in conjunction with the 2008 Additional Protocol pertaining labor cooperation between the two countries which was signed back in 1997. As of present time, there are 188,000 Filipinos in Qatar, the Ministry informed the Philippine delegation.
In an interview with The Peninsula, Labor Attache Leopoldo B. De Jesus said:
“This means that many employers here prefer Filipinos in certain job categories for skilled workers and professionals.”
De Jesus further adds that numerous employers favor Filipinos because of three factors – knowledge, experience, and proficiency in the English language.
Most Filipinos who come to Qatar are, according to De Jesus, either skilled workers who received training with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) or professionals who are properly licensed and have vast experience.
Furthermore, De Jesus likewise mentioned that the Philippines has received 72,426 job orders from Qatar as requested by manpower companies processed by the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
Deputy Minister Al Mulla also told the Philippine delegation that Qatar’s Labour Law strictly prohibits payment of recruitment fees. Both parties have agreed to keep their eyes peeled and maintain blacklists for violating recruitment agencies as well as white lists for agencies that are performing as expected.
Presently, Qatar is working on completing a draft of a law pertaining to the protection of Household Service Workers (HSWs).